On Tuesday, the United States exceeded 800,000 Covid-19 fatalities, the greatest toll in the world, as the World Health Organization warned of the Omicron variant’s fast global spread.
The United States accounted for around 4% of the global population but accounts for approximately 15% of the 5.3 million known fatalities from the coronavirus since the outbreak began in China two years ago.
Johns Hopkins University calculated and revealed that the number of COVID fatalities in the United States is about equivalent to the combined populations of Atlanta and St. Louis, or Minneapolis and Cleveland.
The rate was also similar to the number of Americans who die each year as a result of heart disease or stroke.
The fatal milestone came as cases and hospitalizations in the United States increased again, with the extremely infectious Delta variety, which emerged in the first half of 2021 and now accounts for almost all infections, driving the surge.
Approximately 200 million Americans, or slightly more than 60% of the population, are completely vaccinated. That falls well short of what experts believe is required to keep the virus in check.
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